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Qin Ma

Qin Ma


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab



Mailing Address

McFadden Biostress Laboratory 254D
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science-Box 2140C
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Ma is an assistant professor and leading the Bioinformatics and Mathematical Biosciences Lab (BMBL) at South Dakota State University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Operational Research at Shandong University, China and his B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics at Shandong University, China. He worked in bioinformatics at University of Georgia for six years. Hence, he is a well-trained bioinformatics researcher and computational modeler of big biological data and systems. His technical strength is in developing combinatorial optimization techniques and data mining and modeling with the advent of high-throughput Omics technologies. His strong and long-term interests mainly focus on (1) elucidation of metabolic networks and associated regulatory systems; (2) characterization of functionally genomic organization in bacteria and plants; and (3) development of enabling computational techniques in support of the above scientific studies. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journals, including Nucleic acids research, Bioinformatics, Scientific Reports-Nature, BioEnergy Research, BMC Genomics, etc.


B.S. Applied Mathematics, 2005, Shandong University
Ph.D. Operational Research, 2010, Shandong University
Joint Ph.D. Bioinformatics, 2010, University of Georgia

Academic Interests/Expertise

Bioinformatic tools development and Omic data mining & modeling

Computational systems biology in microbial and plant genomes

Academic Responsibilities

Associate editor, BMC Genomics
Editor, Mathematical Biosciences


Professional Memberships

International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), 2015-present
Bioenergy Research Center (BESC), Department of Energy (DOE), 2011-2016
Honor Society of Agriculture (SDSU), 2016-present

Work Experience

Postdoc, 2011-2014, Bioinformatics, University of Georgia
Research Scientist, 2014-2015, Bioinformatics, University of Georgia
Assistant Professor, 2015- now, Bioinformatics, SDSU

Area(s) of Research

Bioinformatics, Computational Systems Biology



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